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Cryptic Mediaeval Imagery FTW!

1. Lo, how a rose e'er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow'ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When halfspent was the night.

2. Isaiah 'twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind,
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind;
To show God's love aright,
She bore to us a Savior,
When halfspent was the night.

3. O Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel with glorious splendour
The darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God,
From Sin and death now save us,
And share our every load.

1. Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen,
aus einer Wurzel zart.
Wie uns die Alten sungen,
von Jesse war die Art.
Und hat ein Blüm'lein 'bracht;
mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.

2. Das Röslein, das ich meine,
davon Jesaia sagt:
Maria ist's, die Reine,
die uns das Blüm'lein bracht'.
Aus Gottes ew'gem Rat,
hat sie ein Kind geboren,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.

3. Das Blümelein, so kleine,
das duftet uns so süß;
mit seinem hellen Scheine
vertreibt's die Finsternis.
Wahr'r Mensch und wahrer Gott!
Hilft uns aus allem Leide,
rettet von Sünd' und Tod.

To quote the New English Hymnal (on another hymn) "The 'Mystic Rose' in st. 2 refers to the BVM" (Well, yes, who else would it be?)

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Date: 2009-12-02 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] morganmuffle
Were you there on Sunday evening? The setting the choir sang at the Advent Carols of Es ist ein' Ros is one of my favourite pieces of music.

And yes that NEH note always makes me boggle a little but then it's such a familiar image to some of us I suppose and so alien to others.


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